Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities

{P & A Citizenship Justice Belonging}

Welcome to the internet site of the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (better known as OPA or simply "P&A").  P&A is an independent State agency created to safeguard and advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities in Connecticut.  Part of a nationwide network of protection and advocacy systems, the Office operates under both State and federal legislative mandates to:
  • provide information, referral, and advocacy services; 
  • pursue legal and administrative remedies on behalf of people with disabilities who experience disability-related discrimination; 
  • investigate allegations of abuse and neglect that arise in specific service settings or that affect individuals with particular disabilities; and, 
  • provide education, information and training on disability rights to policy makers, advocacy groups and members of the public.

Latest News
Thursday, October 06, 2016
Addendums to OPA - RFI
  On the Office of Policy and Management’s (OPM) website, at the bottom of the page you will find two addendums related to the Protection and Advocacy System for Persons with Disabilities Request for Information (RFI) that was released September 1, 2016. The first addendum makes some minor changes to Section H of the RFI. The second addendum revises the answers to questions 5 and 10 that were originally submitted.

Monday, October 03, 2016
Answers to questions
  Answers to the written questions that were submitted related to the Protection and Advocacy System for Persons with Disabilities Request for Information (RFI)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Justice Department Announces ADA Title III Consent Decree
  The Justice Department announced today that it filed a complaint and consent decree resolving claims that 30hop restaurant and bar in Coralville, Iowa violated the new construction requirements of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under the consent decree, the owners of 30hop will, among other things, install an elevator between the ground floor and rooftop patio levels of the restaurant, install a platform lift between the ground floor and basement levels, provide accessible dining surfaces in each built-in area of the restaurant and bar, provide closed risers on the staircase to the rooftop patio, increase the maneuvering clearance at the entrance door, bring the toilet rooms into compliance with the ADA requirements for newly constructed facilities, pay a $17,500 civil penalty; and pay $3500 to compensate an individual with a disability who is not able to access the rooftop patio. The agreement has a term of two years.

Thursday, September 01, 2016
Request for Information for new Protection and Advocacy System
  The Request For Information (RFI) for Connecticut’s protection and advocacy system for persons with disabilities is available on the OPM website. The deadline for responses is no later than 3:00 pm on November 1, 2016. The website contains detailed information regarding the RFI process.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Quick Links to Federal Progams
  Visitors to have asked for a series of “quick links” to use as a way to find the information they need faster. Many have also requested a list of toll-free numbers they can call to learn about disability-related programs and services in their own communities. In response to your requests, we have developed a new webpage of “quick links” and phone numbers so you can easily access the information and resources’s visitors are most often seeking. Please share this information with family members, friends and colleagues you believe may benefit from these important resources.

Thursday, June 02, 2016
Where can Employers Find Help Recruiting and Hiring People with Disabilities?
  Hiring people with disabilities offers many benefits to businesses, including added diversity in the workforce, increased employee retention and reduced turnover. So where can an employer find these qualified, dedicated problem solvers with a demonstrated ability to adapt to new situations and circumstances?

Monday, January 11, 2016
We need your input!
  The Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (P&A) would like to know what issues you think are most important to individuals with disabilities. This survey will help P&A collect information to develop its priorities and focus for the upcoming year. Please mark the 5 most important issues to you. There is also space at the end of this survey to list any issues that are important to you that were not already listed.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.